Restorative Arlington

Overview

Restorative practices help build community and create effective responses to conflict and harm. The Restorative Arlington initiative is bringing people together to adopt restorative practices in Arlington’s legal system, schools and community settings.

Become a Restorative Arlington Facilitator! Apply Today!

This application is intended to identify community members who are interested in being trained in Restorative Justice Practices. There will be a separate process for training APS staff for school-based Restorative Justice Practices.

Becoming a facilitator of Restorative Justice Practices involves training, practice and reflection. It is an ongoing process. As RJ practitioners, we continue to grow and learn from our experiences and from each other. This is how we maintain fidelity to the restorative justice movement and practices. Please note that you may be asked for references from someone in your life who may have observed your skills, knowledge, and abilities. You may also be invited to an interview process so we can get to know each other better.

For more information, see the handout at https://is.gd/CFHandout. To apply to become a Restorative Arlington facilitator, please fill out the form at this address https://is.gd/CFapp. We are accepting new facilitators on a rolling basis. 

Restorative Arlington Implementation Updates

We are thrilled to announce that we have volunteer leadership for our work to implement the Restorative Arlington Strategic Plan. Moving forward we will have five teams working towards full implementation of the strategic plan.

Youth and Young Adult Program Implementation Team

 

Photo by Zachary Nelson on Unsplash

Facilitated by Liane Rozzell (LRozzell@aecf.org) and Kimiko Lighty (klighty@arlingtonva.us)

This team will focus exclusively on implementing a community-based conferencing program that will deflect cases out of the criminal justice system. This program will offer a new way to respond when a young person between 16 and 24 years old commits a crime against another person. It is designed to:

  • Meet the needs of the person who has been harmed;
  • Provide a way for young people to be accountable for their actions without having to go through the court process;
  • Reduce the racial and ethnic disparities in our legal system.

If you have questions, ideas, or comments to share with the implementation team, please share your perspective using this Community Voice Form. The implementation team will review comments received from this form during our weekly meetings. Once this program is sustainably launched, we will turn toward implementation of other elements of the legal system section of the strategic plan.

Schools Implementation Team

Facilitated by Shari Benites (Ssbenites4@gmail.com) and Siobhan Grayson (sgrays@arlingtonva.us

This team will be working collaboratively to bring whole school Restorative Practices to APS by developing detailed, data informed proposals, including budgets, timelines, asset-framed statements of opportunities and benefits. 

Join the team! Check out the flyer for details and apply online: https://is.gd/RASITapp

Community Implementation Team

Facilitated by Michael Brown (brown.michaelk90@gmail.com) and Nutan Chada (nchada1@gmail.com)

This team will be developing detailed, data informed proposals for implementation of the community section of the strategic plan including budgets, timelines, asset-framed statements of opportunities and benefits.

Volunteer Team

Organized by Volunteer Coordinator McGennis Williams (mcgennis@mcgenniswilliams.com)

A Study Group focused on Restorative Justice Practices is forming now so contact McGennis ASAP if you are interested in joining!

The Restorative Arlington Volunteer team will be focused on community engagement and outreach. They will serve as a way for community members to get involved, get informed, offer feedback, and be part of the work we are doing. Possible future activities include:

  • Information sessions
  • Public engagement events 
  • Additional Study groups focused on topics in Restorative Justice
  • Collecting Community Questions, Comments and Feedback 

Volunteer Grants Team 

Team Captain Lisalyn Jacobs (LRJust.Solutions@gmail.com)

Our Volunteer Grants team will be researching and tracking grants that could potentially fund Restorative Arlington Programs as well as writing grant applications.

In Other Implementation News:

VCircles will return

We will re-start the successful VCircle (virtual circle) program. These online community-building circles offer a great way to both connect with people and to experience a restorative circle process, adapted for the online setting. Circles are a foundational restorative justice practice, and we encourage anyone who might be interested in becoming a Restorative Arlington facilitator to participate in VCircles. We will announce sign ups for VCircles in our enewsletter.

Circle Training

We are working with our partners at George Mason University to offer basic circle training later this year. Circles can be used in many contexts, including community- and faith-based organizations, schools, workplaces, and other settings. We will announce trainings as they become available.

To get involved in any of these activities, please use the Restorative Arlington Interest Form to let us know about your specific interest in engaging with restorative justice practices in Arlington. We will also use this newsletter to announce upcoming opportunities.

About Restorative Arlington Coordinator

Kimiko Lighty

In December 2020, Kimiko Lighty became the coordinator for Restorative Arlington. She had been the Restorative Arlington initiative’s Interim Co-Coordinator since April, 2020. Over the last year, she has been integral in the visioning, planning, facilitation, and implementation of the effort to bring Restorative Justice Practices to Arlington’s legal system, school system, and community contexts.

She collaborated with experts in restorative practices to develop and implement Restorative Arlington’s VCircle program, which provided an online forum for community building and engagement during the physical distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  As an Arlington Resident and the parent of an APS student, she is personally invested in the success of Restorative Justice Practices in supporting an equitable and empathetic community where we all thrive together.

Kimiko is an innovative contributor in the development of new techniques for conflict mitigation and resolution. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, as well as a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

As Restorative Justice Coordinator, Kimiko works with many other people to implement the Restorative Arlington Strategic Plan, which the County Board accepted at its November meeting. The plan sets out a framework for adopting Restorative Justice Practices in Arlington.

“After working closely with Kimiko for many months, I am convinced she is the right person to lead this initiative,” noted Liane Rozzell, who has transitioned out of her one-year “on loan” assignment leading the Restorative Arlington initiative. “I also know that this effort is much bigger than any one person, and it will continue to require many people to pitch in.”

Kimiko Lighty can be reached at klighty@arlingtonva.us

Restorative Justice Videos Available

The Arlington Advocates for Restorative Justice hosted a series of four online panel discussions with experts on restorative justice. Topics included restorative justice in schools, the legal system and community settings. The full videos and shorter highlight clips are now available online. They are a good way to learn more about restorative justice and its potential benefits for Arlington.


More ways to learn and get involved

Read the Restorative Arlington Strategic Plan, which the County Board accepted in November 2020.

Sign up for updates. We will have trainings and virtual circles where you can learn more about restorative practices. Sign up for our Restorative Arlington email list to get event notices and other information. Directions are at https://is.gd/ra_email.

Fill out our interest form to let us know about your specific interest and how to reach you: https://is.gd/RAform

Learn more on your own. Here’s a page with some recommended videos, articles, books and audio files: https://is.gd/learnrp